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01 October, 2011

Nuit Blanche Paris 2011


The great night of contemporary art returns on 1 October in Paris. And it’s free!
** Some Metro Lines Open and Free from 2:30 am to 5:15 am  
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“For its 10th anniversary, Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night) is not slowing down, but rather inventing and reinventing itself, whilst still remaining true to its main aim of bringing together artists at work and an ever increasing audience of Parisians, lovers of Paris, residents of the metropolis, visitors, etc.”, explained Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris.
“The most creative and most innovative work on the French and international scenes will be here for one night” summarised Bertrand Delanoë.
What can you see during the 2011 Nuit Blanche?
Some thirty artists from around the world (from Quebec to Germany, from Finland to Japan and from Buenos Aires to Paris) will come together for the most surprising and unusual night of the year.
The projects can be discovered during leisurely, artistic strolls along several routes:
- in central Paris around the Hôtel de Ville
- to the North of Paris:
Batignolles - Pigalle
La Nouvelle Athènes - Saint-Georges
Montmartre - Anvers
All these routes will be connected throughout the night by Metro line 12, which will be partially open between Madeleine and Porte de la Chapelle, and by Metro line 14.
Some of the invited artists:
In central Paris
-        Vincent Gavinet
In the courtyard of the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris (Historical Library of the City of Paris), the artist will present a breezeblock sculpture consisting of self-supporting arches at the very point of breaking and collapsing. Or how a medieval construction technique becomes a minimalist sculpture!
Vincent Gavinet, who became known to the general public during the joint “Dynasty” exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo and the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (summer 2010), was born in 1976 and lives and works in Ile-Saint-Denis.
-        Pierre Ardouvin
Inspired by the 1984 Prince song and the film of the same name, “Purple Rain”, has the dimensions of a film set. The visitor is plunged into the heart of the work and invited to walk through the courtyard of the Hôtel d’Albret under a fine, mauve-coloured rain, while listening to music and holding an umbrella.
Born in Crest in 1955, Pierre Ardouvin became famous in the 1990s. He lives and works in Montreuil.
To the North
-        Semiconductor
Two videos will be set up in the old wooden theatre of Jacques Decour secondary school: “Black Rain” (2009), created from the raw data from NASA’s twin satellites (Stereo Mission), and “Heliocentric” (2010), constructed from accelerated photomontage and from astronomic techniques for following the sun’s trajectory through a series of landscapes. Dive into the majestic infinity of the constellations.
Semiconductor, which was founded in Brighton in 1997, is a collective of English artists consisting of Ruth Jarman (born in 1973) and Joe Gerhardt (born in 1972).
-        BGL
The collective will present an original installation entitled “Shows + problems” in the Ronsard gymnasium: a huge log made of recovered, recycled materials, is run through with coloured ribbons imitating fire, which are made to move using ventilators. This work will be on display at the MAC/VAL from Friday 21 October 2011.
BGL is an artists’ collective founded in 1996 by three artists from Quebec: Jasmin Bilodeau (born in 1973), Sébastien Giguère (born in 1972) and Nicolas Laverdière (born in 1972). They live and work in Quebec.
-        Christian Boltanski
At the Théâtre de l’Atelier, the artist will present a new play “Tomorrow the Sky will be Red”, a project created in collaboration with Jean Kalman and Murielle Becham; its theme is “the oracle”, in the same vein as “Limbes” (a choral work presented at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 2006).
Christian Boltanski, a major figure in the international art scene, was born in 1944 and lives and works in Malakoff. Since the 1970s, he has produced works full of autobiographical references.
Practical information
When is the Nuit Blanche? On the night of Saturday 1 October to Sunday 2 October.
From 7 pm to 7 am. Free entrance.
Further information (programme, works, etc.)

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